New buildings, renovations of old showcased at Kent State
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University architects said some of the biggest changes on campus involve:
Kent State President Lester Lefton joined city, county and other university officials Wednesday in previewing several new buildings and renovations on campus to be completed in the coming years.
The projects — ranging from new restaurants downtown to a hotel for visitors to Kent to new buildings for colleges on campus — were showcased in the Kent Student Center Ballroom at the free event “Foundations of Excellence: Building the Future.”
Lefton said the variety of projects will modernize Kent State and the area.
“We’re going to make every one of our eight campuses something that the 21st century should be, not what the 19th century was,” he said. “And Kent State is going to be an important part of our major regional renaissance.”
The projects are mostly funded by the $170 million in bonds approved this summer by the Kent State Board of Trustees. The designs and other project details still need to be voted on by the board at its Sept. 12 meeting, but media relations officials said the amount of money in the bond is set and will not change.
Four-fifths of the on-campus projects related to the bond are expected to be completed by 2015, according to officials at the event.
Thomas Euclide, associate vice president of facility planning and operations, said the university will start quickly to renovate and create buildings.
“Most of the architects for all the major buildings are already working on designs,” he said. “We have construction underway on some of the components of roof replacements and building repairs that are not glamourous, but needed.”
We call it a giant chess game; we’re moving pieces all over campus,” Bruder said. “Ideally, what we’re trying to do is move people once — renovate something, and move them there, and that’s their new home.”
Officials did not give a timeline for the science buildings’ renovations.
Students, officials react
Some students who attended the event seemed skeptical of where the money comes from but were excited about the ultimate result.
Corey Autry, a freshman pre-major in architecture, said although he’s sad to see Taylor Hall won’t be his program’s home anymore, he understands the logic behind the decision.
“We’re [currently] spread out ... it’s a bit chaotic because I know a lot of students have to move back and forth a lot and carry projects and that kind of stuff,” Autry said. “So a new building, putting everything in one building, will be great.”
Autry said he was a little unhappy about paying the bond back.
“I won’t be too excited about my tuition being raised, because that’s most likely where it’s going to have to come from,” he said. “But I mean, if it’s bettering our education, I can live with it.”
The $170 million bond needs paid back over time. For fiscal year 2013, the amount the university needs to pay back is $11.5 million. That money will be raised by:
SOURCE: Emily Vincent, university media relations director
Officials from affected programs said they were pleased with the changes.
Nielsen talks upcoming Athletic Department renovations separate from bond
Renovations to the locker rooms on the south side of the field house — not funded by $170 million bond — could be completed in the next couple of years, Athletic Director Joel Nielsen said.
“Right now our locker-room situation isn’t great ... we’ve needed to do this for probably 15 years, and we have a lot of support right now,” he said.
Editors note: This article was updated August 30, 2012 at 10:46 a.m.